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Protestors arrested as bear hunt comes to a close
12/10/2005, 2:25 p.m. ET
By MATTHEW VERRINDER
The Associated Press

VERNON, N.J. (AP) — The last day of the state's controversial black bear hunt was much like the first with hunters heading into the forest in the pre-dawn hours to look for the bruins and crowds of angry protesters who oppose the hunt meeting them as they came out.

The six-day season began last Monday and ends Saturday evening. Hunters have bagged 267 bruins so far, although final tallies will not be available until Saturday's hunt is over. State officials say the hunt is needed in order to thin the bears' numbers, but some oppose the hunt, saying the state hasn't done enough curb the bruins' numbers using by other methods.

About 100 protesters, chanting slogans like "Stop killing our bears!" and waving signs that read "Kill the hunt, not the bears," gathered Saturday at Wawayanda State Park. Law enforcement officials restricted the protesters to an area about 150 yards from a check station where hunters brought their dead bears to be weighed and inspected.

Six people were arrested during the protest, apparently for moving outside the designated protest area.

One of the protesters, Bill Crain, who identified himself as a college professor from Manhattan, said as he was being led away in handcuffs, "We're putting our convenience over the bears."

Critics of the bear hunt say the state doesn't have enough information about the bears' numbers and that holding a hunt may damage the animals' survival.

They also believe the government needs to take greater measures to prevent bears from coming near populated areas in the first place, like forcing residents to use bear-proof garbage containers.

"Unless you take care of the garbage, you can kill half the bears in this park and the other half would still get in our garbage," said Lynda Smith, director of the West Milford-based Bear Education and Resource Group, who was later arrested at the protest.

But proponents of the hunt say it is the only way to cull the bears numbers.

The state's last bear hunt was in 2003, when 328 animals were killed. That was the first bear season since 1970, after which hunts were suspended because the black bear population was dangerously low.

Today, officials estimate the population at 1,600 to 3,200, and bears have been spotted not just in the woody northwest but all over the state. Hunters and state officials say the hunt is needed because bears have been spotted in people's backyards, or breaking into houses and cars.
 
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I saw Channel 5 news lastnight, and they should them protesting, and some getting arrested....Even if the court dismisses the charges (and I think they will) they will still have a arrest record, so to that all I can say is Ha Ha Ha Ha !!!!:D:p[up]
 

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they should be locked up in a cage with a starving bear...then they could explain to the bear how they were saving his life
 

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You'd do that to a poor defenseless bear???!!!

If I was that bear I'd beg you to shoot me! :D
 

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Oh and... surprise surprise... one of the Bear hunt protestors Kendra Maxwell also protested the GOP convention at Madison Square Garden.

Above them looms a massive photograph of the Statue of Liberty. "Thank you, New York!" the arena's large electronic billboard continuously flashes. The irony is lost on no one.

The marchers slow to a stop before the arena and the officers. They raise their signs high overhead. "Bush go home!" they shout over and over. "Liar, liar, liar!" they scream.

The officers simply stare as dozens of marchers kneel in the street and, with chalk, write protests in the asphalt, messages not suitable for print here.

"Go home!" Kendra Maxwell, 55, of Butler, N.J., screams over and over at the officers and the men in suits who stand silently on the Garden's steps.
 

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There was a article in the sunday record about the protesters. One guy claimed to be a hunter but he doesnt like the taste of bear meat so he decided to protest the hunt!?!?!? What a jerk. Where do they find these people?
 

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60's retreads. Same idiots who messed the country up last go around. Trouble is now they are older and in power in places like NJ.
 

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What a ramshackle group of Treehuggers!

Thank God for REAL Americans like these Treehuggers! What would America do without them?


Yogurt Sprout eating MF'ers:p
 
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